The older I get, the more I realize that people fall into 2 categories:
1. Those that love Christmas.
2. Those that hate Christmas.
I have yet to meet someone who is in between and could take or leave it either way. No, there are clear lines that divide the population and by age 30ish, you have your mind made up. It’s in the “Coming of Age” rule book). Those that love Christmas, do so because it is a time of magic and beauty. A season where their lives are filled with Presents, Family, and Love. Those that hate Christmas, do so, well, for the same reasons. Presents (they cannot afford) to buy for those that they really don’t like to begin with, Family. Need I say more? And love. What a commercialized sham. I tend to be pessimistically optimistic in my day-to-day life (meaning I grumpily approach life as a half-full glass of water, yet with a sense of cheerful suspicion that someone has replaced my water with some sort of poison). But when it comes to this time of the year, I cannot help but squeal like a little school girl in expectation that my glass is half-full of eggnog (the non-dairy kind). One of the things that especially transports me into this happy state is Christmas lights. Which makes all the sense in the world to make Christmas Light Cookies.
This cookie recipe is a part of the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies series that I have teamed up with Brooke from Crackers on the Couch. She supplies her favorite recipe and I figure out a way to convert it to make it a tasty gluten-free and vegan treat. Go to Brooke’s blog to check out how she did it. They look delightfully awesome!
Christmas lights are so personally transfixing for me. They wrap me up into a different reality and fill my heart with a sense of child-like wonderment. I could stand and stare at them for hours. Maybe it is the fairytale that they tell when I experience them. “Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, there lived a girl, who at that brief moment, had no care in the world. And everything was beautiful just for that moment…”
Sometimes it’s good to listen to a fairytale every now and again. Reality has a way of barging into our lives way too often, anyway. And if you ask me, I think that it’s completely okay to forget about our troubles and immerse ourselves in lights, even if it’s just for a month… she typed, as she sipped on her Silk eggnog.